Our Advent Retreat at Home: 2nd Week

Our Advent Retreat at Home: 2nd Week
I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ or at least an openness to letting Him encounter them. I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.   @Pontifex

A Method for Daily Prayer

Find a place and time for these daily Advent prayers. Set the same time for each day (suggested prayer time of 5 to 30 minutes) and prepare by reading the selected passage for the day:

  1. Remind yourself that you are in the presence of God. Make a gesture like bowing or lighting a candle to signify this truth.
  2. Ask for a desired grace. Here, it could be the grace of drawing closer to Jesus during this season.
  3. Slowly ponder the words of the passage, drawing from it the truth or lesson that applies to your life. Relish this truth, mulling it over and over in your mind. Spend some silent time resting with this truth.
  4. Spend some time talking with God the Father or with Jesus or with Mary as one friend would speak to another. Speak about the insight that comes from your prayer or whatever are the concerns of your heart.
  5. After you finish your prayer ask the question: what has been given to me? Make the assumption that always in prayer something is given to me. You might want to write down what this has been.

Our Daily Reflections

  • Sunday, goodness always tends to spread. Every authentic experience of truth and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs of others. As it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good. In this sense, several sayings of St. Paul will not surprise us: “The love of Christ urges us on.” (2Cor 5:14); “Woe to me if I do not proclaim the Gospel” (1Cor 9:16).

  • Monday, the Gospel offers us the chance to live life on a higher plane, but with no less intensity: “Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others. When the Church summons Christians to take up the task of evangelization, she is simply pointing to the source of authentic personal fulfillment. For “here we discover a profound law of reality: that life is attained and matures in the measure that it is offered up in order to give life to others. This is certainly what mission means.”

  • Tuesday, consequently, an evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral! Let us recover and deepen our enthusiasm, that “delight and comforting joy of evangelizing, even when it is in tears that we must sow… And may the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the good news not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervor, who have first received the joy of Christ.

  • Wednesday, the heart of [the] message [of evangelization] will always be the same: the God who revealed his immense love in the crucified and risen Christ. God constantly renews his faithful ones, whatever their age: “They shall mount up with wings likes eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not be faint.” (Is40:31). Christ is the “eternal Gospel” (Rev14:6); he “is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb13:8), yet his riches and beauty are inexhaustible. He is for ever young and a constant sources of newness. The Church never fails to be amazed at “the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God” (Rom11:33).

  • Thursday, even if the Christian message has known periods of darkness and ecclesial weakness, it will never grow old. Jesus can break through the dull categories with which we would enclose him and he constantly amazes us by his divine creativity. Whenever we make the effort to return to the source and to recover the original freshness of the Gospel, new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs and words with new meaning for today’s world.

  • Friday, though it is true that this mission [of evangelization] demands great generosity on our part, it would be wrong to see it as a heroic individual undertaking, for it is first and foremost the Lord’s work, surpassing anything which we can see and understand. Jesus is the “the first and greatest evangelizer”. In every activity of evangelization, the primacy always belongs to God who has called us to cooperate with him and who leads us on by the power of his Spirit… The life of the Church should always reveal clearly that God takes the initiative, that “he has loved us first” (1Jn4:19) and that he alone “gives the growth” (1Cor3:7)

  • Saturday, there are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter. I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty. Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved. I understand the grief of people who have to endure great suffering, yet slowly but surely we all have to let the joy of faith slowly revive as a quiet yet firm trust, even amid the greatest distress.

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